Thursday, September 15

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Choice Career Fairs is holding a career fair to give job seekers the opportunity to connect with local employers.

The Career fair will be held on Thursday, September 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mesa Convention Center, 263 N Center Street in Mesa.

Some of the employers attending this event include: CVS Health, Esurance, On Trac, Synergy Solutions and Walgreens Co.

Jobs will be available in Accounting, Administrative, Customer Service, Deliveries, Retail and Sales.

All job seekers are welcome to attend this event to submit resumes, network and meet face-to-face with local hiring managers.

To learn more about this career fair, go to

Fry's Food Stores is Hiring for New Marketplace Store in Chandler Scheduled to Open in Late October

Fry's Food Stores is hiring for its new Marketplace Store, which is located at Ocotillo & Gilbert in Chandler that will open later this fall.  Applicants can apply at a special hiring event on Thursday, Sept. 15 from noon to 8 p.m. at the Fry's Marketplace Store located at 1845 E. Baseline in Gilbert (85233). 
The new store has more than 200 part-time positions, which includes:

  •     All-purpose clerks for deli, meat, produce, fuel, in-store Starbucks Coffee Shops, ClickList and several other departments
  •     Pharmacy technicians
  •     Wine Stewards
  •     Cheese Mongers 

Prior to the hiring event, applicants are encouraged to apply online at  (When applying online select Store Location #681.)  

To apply for a position at another Fry's location, please submit your application online at  Fry's will contact these applicants by email or phone.

STATE FARM® is hosting a Career Fair to recruit and hire for multiple opportunities in Tempe, Arizona. 

State Farm, the nation's largest insurer, is hosting a Career Fair to recruit and hire for multiple opportunities in Tempe, Arizona. The one-day Career Fair will focus on generating a candidate pool for positions in customer-service, call-center, claims, information technology, underwriting and sales-based support functions. Full-time and part-time opportunities are available, including some positions requiring bilingual skills. State Farm offers an attractive benefits package in addition to a competitive compensation rate.
Applicants are encouraged to complete an online application at to be potentially considered for an on-site interview. State Farm is seeking candidates with bilingual customer service experience in Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin, Spanish and Vietnamese in our Tempe, Arizona hub office. Search for job opening ID 60812 to learn more and apply today! State Farm Featured Jobs found here. 
1. Apply online at 2. Arrive Early 3. Dress in Business Attire 4. Bring Resume 5. Bring Patience 6. Become familiar with competency based interviews and questions 7. Bring excitement and energy needed for an opportunity to work in a fast-paced call center environment with a great company that has growth opportunities.

When: Thursday, September 15th @ 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
Where: Sheraton Mesa Hotel at Wrigleyville West 860 N. Riverview Mesa, AZ

Phoenix Children's Hospital Fundraiser at Schnepf Farms to Cater to Kids and the Kid in Everyone

Sick of cleaning up after the kids or a spouse all summer? Tired of working hard to keep the table and countertops spotless when the results can't be seen the next day? Then it's time to put down the mop, leave the clutter behind and head to Queen Creek for Messy Fest, an as-fun-as-it-sounds fundraiser benefiting the children and families of Phoenix Children's Hospital. 

Set for 9 am to 3 pm Saturday, Sept. 17 at Queen Creek's Schlep Farms, Messy Fest promises a great time for a great cause. Ideal for kids as well as those who act like them, this outdoor event will feature all things cluttered, chaotic and untidy, from mashed potato pit tug-of-war and a bubble zone to a food fight, mud run and paint and powder obstacle course. A separate toddler area designed to occupy the littlest mess-makers will also be part of the festivities, and proceeds from the event will benefit Phoenix Children's Hospital's Camp Rainbow, an organization devoted to providing lively and meaningful experiences for kids battling various forms of cancer or blood disease. 

In addition to helping finance various Camp Rainbow activities throughout the year, Messy Fest will welcome patients from the children's hospital, giving them an opportunity to stray from the ordinary, sometimes painful and exhausting demands of their daily lives and instead focus all of their energy on fun. 

Though guests can expect an onsite "Rinse Zone," Messy Fest attendees should expect to get filthy and are encouraged to wear old clothes they don't mind getting stained, torn or damaged given the nature of this event. 

For the adults, looking for a "day of play", come and enjoy grape stomp, adult-only coloring, obstacles, beer and wine and of course, you are invited to enjoy all the messy fun abound for all. 

Tickets are on sale now and are available for $20 for those who purchase them before Monday, Aug. 15. 
Prices increase to $25 if purchased between Aug. 15 thru Sept. 10, and then increase to $30 is purchased between Sept. 10 and 17. They will also be available for purchase at the door for $35. Kids three and under are free, and those who wish to only spectate can gain access for $5. 

For more about Messy Fest and the various activities in entails, visit For more on Camp Rainbow and Arizona's only free-standing children's hospital, visit  Agency. 

Messy Fest at Schnepf Farms 
24810 S. Rittenhouse Rd. 
Queen Creek 
Saturday, September 17th 
This is an all age’s event for those that want to have a day of Messy Fun. 
Life is too Short to Play Clean! 

Science With a Twist is adults-only fun

The event, that starts this tomorrow, is the third Friday of the month. Each event will have a different theme. Science With a Twist features salsa dancing, wine tastings, food pairings and, of course, science! Guests 21 and over will be able to roam all four levels of the Center from 6-10 p.m. 

Event Details
Every third Friday of the month.
6-10 p.m.
Non-members: $12 per person 
Members: $10 per person

*Become a member today!

Monthly Themes
Sept.16, 2016 | unWINEd 
Oct. 21, 2016 | A.I. Apocalypse
Nov. 18, 2016 | Fantastic Feasts 
Dec. 16, 2016 | Fire and Ice 

Arizona Science Center offers parking validation, which discounts the cost of parking at the Heritage Parking Garage on 5th street just North of Washington. Parking validation is available at the Information Zone or the General Admission.

Science With a Twist: unWINEd
Sep 16, 2016 
6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

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Childhood Cancer Month: Facts and Cancer run

Key Facts about Childhood Cancer:

  • The number of pediatric cancer diagnoses in Arizona and across the nation is on the rise.
  • Each year in the United States, approximately 18,000 children from birth to age 19 are diagnosed with cancer, and cure rates for some pediatric cancers remain below 50 percent. 
  • Cancer kills more children than AIDS, asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and congenital anomalies combined, yet pediatric cancer continues to be one of the most overlooked and underfunded categories of all cancer research.
  • In essence, kids often receive the same treatments as adults, and many of these treatments, like chemo and radiation, are extremely toxic.
  • While many children win the short-term battle against this horrific disease, they must engage in a lifelong war. In fact, 60 percent of childhood cancer survivors suffer from serious and even life-threatening late effects. 
  • Survivors often face from infertility, heart failure and secondary cancers years and even decades later. 
  • Precision medicine is promising new treatments for children with cancer and other diseases. 
  • By studying a child's genetic makeup, researchers can identify the child's susceptibility to disease, predict the response to a particular drug, and match the patient to a drug already on the market or assign him/her to a clinical trial. 
  • This work promises the development of safer, more effective, and age-appropriate therapies with the hope of limiting highly toxic cancer treatments that can cause serious and even life-threatening health issues down the line.

Run to Fight Children's Cancer

Run to Fight Children's Cancer is the largest race in Arizona dedicated to children's cancer. The race brings together thousands of runners and walkers, along with volunteers, spectators and childhood cancer survivors. 

The 2017 race will take place on Saturday, March 11th at Grand Canyon University, 3300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix.

Run to Fight Children's Cancer shines a light on one of the most overlooked and underfunded areas of cancer.

Each year in the United States, approximately 18,000 children from birth to age 19 are diagnosed with cancer and cure rates for some pediatric cancers remain below 50 percent. In fact, cancer kills more children than AIDS, asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and congenital anomalies combined, yet pediatric cancer continues to be one of the most overlooked and underfunded categories of all cancer research.

The event is hosted by Grand Canyon University Foundation. Proceeds support children's cancer research and care, and will benefit Phoenix Children's Hospital and the Children's Cancer Network, an Arizona non-profit organization that provides financial, educational and psychosocial support to children and families battling childhood cancer. 

For more information or to register, visit  

Football Hazards-Dr. Janice Johnston of Arrowhead Health Centers

  • Football season is about to kick off, and even non-football fans agree the season is a perfect excuse to kick back, relax and drink a beer. This time of year should be all fun and games, but being a super fan comes with side effects that can tackle your overall health including:
  • Sitting too long: There are as many as three NFL games each Sunday, which means many fans are sitting for hours on end. Staying seated for long periods of time has been shown to result in back injuries.    
  • Unhealthy eating & drinking: Wings, nachos and beer are fan favorites, but are very high in salt, fat, sugar and calories. Additionally, close attention to the game can make you lose track of how much you are eating and drinking.  
  • Depression & stress: Oh the anticipation of a Cardinals game! Stress is a trigger of high pressure. Depression may set in if your team loses, your favorite player is injured or the season ends.    
  • Sun burns & skin cancer: Tailgating and sitting through a game in an outdoor arena for many hours is highly dangerous for your skin, especially in Arizona.    
  • Accidents & mistakes: Believe it or not, many fans have their heads buried in their phones checking scores, watching games and trading players on their fantasy football teams. This can result in a number of accidents or distract you from your normal routine.

Dr. Janice Johnston of Arrowhead Health Centers, 16222 N. 59th Ave. Suite A-100 Glendale, AZ 85306, 623-777-5587,

Easy, healthy protein bowls your kids will love

Luci's Healthy Marketplace co-owner, Lucia Schnitzer, and her daughter Aviva show us how easy it is to make fun healthy snacks with your kids.

Thai Basil Beef and Lemongrass Rice Bowl

    Lemongrass Rice
    1 cup uncooked jasmine rice
    1 cup coconut milk
    1 cup water
    1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
    1/4 cup fresh lemongrass, chopped

Thai Basil Beef
    2 large carrots, cut into matchsticks
    4 baby bells peppers, sliced
    1 hot red peppers, sliced
    2 green onions, chopped
    1 tablespoon fish sauce
    1/2 teaspoon honey
    2 tablespoons sesame oil
    Juice of 1 lime, plus lime wedges for serving
    4 cloves garlic, minced or grated
    2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated
    1 pound lean ground beef (may use ground chicken or pork too)
    Pinch of black pepper
    1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce, divided
    1/3 cup sweet Thai chili sauce
    2 cups fresh basil leaves, sliced or chopped, plus extra for serving
    Toasted sesame seeds + chopped roasted peanuts, for serving

1. To make the rice:
Add the coconut milk and water to a medium size pot. Bring to a low boil and then add the rice, sesame oil and lemongrass. Stir to combine, then place the lid on the pot and turn the heat down to the lowest setting possible. Allow the rice to cook ten minutes on low and then turn the heat off completely and let the rice sit on the stove, covered for another 15-20 minutes. After 15-20 minutes remove the lid and fluff the rice with a fork and stir in 1-2 tablespoons chopped peanuts if desired.

2. While the rice is cooking, in a medium bowl, combine the carrots, peppers, hot red pepper, green onions fish sauce, honey, lime juice and 2 tablespoons soy sauce. Toss well and set aside.

3. Heat a large wok or heavy bottomed skillet over medium heat. Add the oil and once hot add the garlic and ginger. Cook 15-30 seconds then add the beef. Season the beef with black pepper and brown all over, breaking it up as it cooks, about 5 minutes. 

4. Once the beef is browned, add 1/3 cup soy sauce, 1/3 cup sweet Thai chili sauce and 1 cup of fresh basil. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook until the sauce coats the beef, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the remaining 1 cup fresh basil.
5. Divide the rice among the bowls, top with equal amounts of beef. Add the carrots + pepper on top of the beef. Garnish with chopped peanuts, fresh basil and toasted sesame seeds.

Luci's Healthy Marketplace
1590 East Bethany Home Road 
Phoenix AZ 85014
(602) 773-1339

Dave Owens, The Garden Guy

As the temperatures start to decline and cool weather approach it's time to start considering what you will be planting in your garden and pots. Here are some helpful hints for cool season gardening. To start it is also good to occasionally change the soil in your pots and scrub the posts with a mixture of 1 part bleach and 10 parts water. Soil harbors pathogens and tends to build up after a couples of years of use. For the garden try to plant greens and edible flowers in areas that receive afternoon shade. This is important because they thrive in the coolness of the morning sun, but don't like the heat of the midday and afternoon sun. Add lots of organics to your soil, nothing can replace good old-fashioned compost though. It's filled with all the nutrients required to grow a garden, especially a winter garden. Garden soil should be well drained, so dig deep and add a lot of compost. Things to consider planting include chard, spinach, lettuce, carrots, onions and sage. Anything planted by seed you must remember to keep that seed moist until it germinates, be sure the water penetrates at 6 inches into the ground each time you water.

Contact Dave at, or visit 

Kid's Closet Connection Sale

The biggest sale event for the fall season is being held at the Fiesta Plaza shopping center, 1420 W Southern (1/4 mile w of Alma School just north of Hwy 60. They are across the street from the mall) from September 15-17th (with pre-sales on Wednesday evening, September 14th).

For more information about the sale, go to: